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welcome to "world news." tonight off the rails at 82 miles per hour. news on the train crash investigation, how the train jumped the tracks and how survivors escaped with their lives. special delivery. amazon's dream plan to drop off your packages by drone. is this possible to fly a pizza to your door? critical condition. an abc news investigation. outrageous medical bills, the same tests, wildly different prices, we take on the case tonight. a good evening to you and welcome back from the holiday weekend.
we begin the news tonight with some answers about that train traveling at 82 miles per hour. what happened when the train hit the curve, the cars derailed and so many passengers were injured. there is new video tonight showing a closer look at the damage, the cars on their sides, the tracks mangled and destroyed and giant cranes lifted the cars upright. the black boxes on board now offering more clues to this story. gio benitez goes in search of the answers. >> reporter: sources say human error is likely to blame for the train tragedy, investigators on the ground looking through the eery after math. those tracks torn apart by a train traveling faster than it's supposed to. the speed limit in this area is 70 miles per hour. once it reaches this curve, the speed limit drops down to 30. tonight we know the train did not slow down. >> the train was traveling at
approximately 82 miles per hour as it went into a 30 mile per hour curve. >> when i heard about the speed, i gulped. it sort of takes your breath away. >> reporter: the train lift for new york's grand central termin terminal on sunday making several stops without incident. as the train sped around the curve all 7 train cars derailed. last this afternoon the ntsb announced the train's emergency brakes were fully activated five seconds before it careened off the tracks. >> i thought i'm going to die. >> reporter: passengers inside tossed around like rag dolls. >> by the time i looked up it was completely goo lly going of track. >> reporter: a photo obtained by abc affiliate shows people in overturned cars. four people were killed. james ferrari, kisook ahn, donna
smith and james lovell, a sound engineer from abc taking the early train to help stage the lighting of the rockefeller center christmas tree. >> he was just the best father i could ever ask for. >> reporter: the train's operator, william rockefeller, seen here, is a long time engineer with a clean disciplinary record. officials are interviewing him tonight hoping to build on what they have learned. >> this is raw data. it tells us what happened. it doesn't tell us why it happened. >> reporter: investigators have confiscated rockefeller's cell phone to find out if he was texting or talking before that crash. >> as you said he was a seasoned engineer for about 11 years on the job. and now, next here tonight, a big day for health care. did president obama deliver on his promise to bring the health care website back from the brink? the white house says as of today a lot of the tangled mess has
been fixed, that 750,000 people visited the site by 5:30. jonathan karl looks at the whole picture right now. >> reporter: healthcare.gov may be working better but dan howard of freeport, pennsylvania has been trying to enroll for two months and is still out of luck. >> i can log on and amazingly i can log on darn quick, but whenever i finish my actual log in it says i can't go any further because i'm not verified that i'm me. >> reporter: he received a cancellation notice from his insurance company back in september. now howard is worried he's running out of time to get a new policy. >> i had a heart attack nine years ago. i'm terrified of not having a policy on january 1st. >> reporter: others experience delays. the white house says it's due to a huge increase in traffic worthy of cyber monday. 375,000 visiting the website by noon today. but this time for those who can't get in right away, there
is a system that allows them to wait online. we were able to get on the site after about ten minutes. the bottom line, the administration says, after a massive effort to fix the glitches, the website is now working much better and can handle up to 50,000 users at a time. with the slowdowns and continued problems it seems a long way from the goal the white house set for itself, allowing the vast jeeort of users to enroll. >> is it mission accomplished? have you accomplished that goal? >> using that phrase is a -- not one i would employ. what i would say is that we were able to make the necessary improvements to the website so the vast majority of americans who use the website have an experience in which the site functions effectively. >> reporter: officials tell abc news about 100,000 were able to enroll in november. that is more than four times the
amount in october. diane, they're going to have to do much better than that. at that rate it would take the government five years to reach their target of 7 million enrollees. the date for that is march 31st, the deadline. >> big mountain ahead. thank you, jon karl. a lot of us were online today for another purpose, shopping. cyber monday today, a 16% increase in cyber shoppers over last year and another sign of the times, 20% of those were using tablets and smart phones to order the gadgets. the best selling items today, apple's ipad, a 50 inch tv and after all these years still the bashy doll dream house was selling strong at walmart. did you know that today is also the busiest day of the year for federal express? the company expects to handle 22
million packages. tonight there is a new and high flying dream, using drones to deliver packages, not in a day but in minutes. we wonder what happens when a drone tries to leave a package on your doorstep. abc's senior in the correspondent jim avila. >> reporter: it started as a promotional joke, a mom and pop dry cleaners outside philadelphia promising to flap your suit home in the wind, via drone. moved to the big time with dominos pizza posting another tongue in cheek offer. but jeff bezos, visionary amazon founder, doesn't seem to be joking. >> it's going to be a lot of fun. >> reporter: telling 60 minutes he's delivering a new system, using drones with into pilot in the plane or on the ground. totally gps. >> we can do half-hour delivery and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds, which covers 86% of the items that we deliver.
>> reporter: not so fast. the faa reminded everyone today gps drones are "not currently allowed in the united states." and restrictions are so tight, because we're a buzz we couldn't fly one outside. this indoor delivery when from the newsroom to my office. the concern is understandable . with all those brand names up in the air perhaps as early as 2015 shooting real estate, making deliveries, policing cities and watching the border. it could be chaos in the skies. case in point, this unauthorized drone flight over new york city skyscrapers stayed up for less than three minutes before crunching into the city sidewalk. these drones fly only 20 to 45 minutes. gps can get blocked in urban areas. its hard for drones to avoid moving objects like cars or people on landing, and they are difficult for other aircraft to see. at purdue university today, they are developing just the kind of drones that would fit the amazon scenario. >> we've crashed the first three times we took off.
>> reporter: sometimes its as simple as drifting off course which could mean your gift delivery goes to your neighbor's house. even then who is going to ring the doorbell? jim avila, abc news, washington. notes from overseize tonight, in the ukraine, 7,000 people took to the streets of kiev. tonight the negotiations with europe appear to be back on again. the constantly surprising pope francis added one more detail to his profile as the people's pope. while chatting after sunday masks the pope revealed that once he worked as a bouncer when he was a young man. and now instead of kicking people out of night clubs, he is working to invite them back into the church. next here tonight, "world news" investigates outrageous hospital costs, those expensive
and wildly confusing bills. we have been reading so many of your stories, the ones you have sent to us. tonight the story of two different places, an identical set of tests and one place charging the patient so much more. why? abc's rebecca jarvis, the "world news" investigation critical condition. >> reporter: an outpouring. >> $52,000. >> reporter: hundreds of you sending us your stories of outrageous hospital bills. >> what can be done? >> reporter: kathy meinhardt has her own store. she understands buisiness, because she runs one out of her home in northern california. but what she can't understand are the two bills she received after some blood work. >> it was outrageous. >> what was outrageous about it? >> the cost difference. >> reporter: for the exact same tests performed within a couple hundred feet of each other. first she came here to quest
diagnostics, then went up the street to a hospital just down the block. we timed it. two locations, just a minute away. and for the same ten tests the hospital's outpatient lab charges 2.5 times quest's price. but if you look at what kathy was asked to pay out of pocket, it's seven times as much. nearly $2,000 at the hospital. and less than $300 at quest. yes, a block apart, both in her insurer's network. >> why would i think that the prices would be so dramatically different from one lab that is right across the street. it's highway robbery. >> reporter: we asked the hospital for an on camera interview. instead they provided this statement. "comparing a hospital with a free standing facility is an apples to oranges comparison." so we went to the california hospital association to ask why prices are so high. >> reporter: rebecca jarvis, abc news. >> is that a fair price? >> i will just say to you it is the price. >> you can't tell me it's a fair price?
>> i will tell you it is a fair price when you look at all the complexities of what goes on a bill. >> reporter: the industry calls it cost shifting. people like kathy pay more to cover those who pay nothing. hospitals also have higher overhead, but none of that is ever explained anywhere on your bill. >> each individual hospital sets its own pricing formula. >> and how do they come up with that formula? >> every hospital does it differently. >> but what goes into that formula? >> every hospital chooses to do that differently. you might want to call a hospital or two and ask them about that. >> they sent us to you. >> reporter: with so many hospitals, doctors, labs and insurance companies negotiating rates confidentially among themselves, patients are at their wits end. >> it's part of a complex, hospital finance discussion. and i wouldn't expect any lay person to ever understand any of this. >> but shouldn't all this be crystal clear to the lay person? >> it's unfortunately very complex.
>> reporter: it's a mess. in kathy's case the hospital and her insurance company after more than a year reached an agreement on a lower price. but i want to remind everybody, that's what you need to do. you need to ask for an itemized bill and challenge the things that just don't make sense. diane, we're going to keep on this. we have solutions right now at abcnews.com. people can challenge them and start negotiating. >> negotiate them down, okay, as you said you'll stay on this case. send us your stories on our facebook page. next right here, investigating a mystery, the hollywood star with such a bright future, what about that car crash that ended it all? and the miracle finish everyone is talking about. is this the greatest play ever, ever? we'll see what you think in just two minutes. [ female announcer ] you get sick, you can't breathe through your nose...
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and finally tonight, who doesn't dream of being the hero and pulling off an all time impossible victory? everyone is looking at a video tape tonight and asking, did that really happen? abc's josh elliott takes us straight to the magic moment. >> reporter: some are calling it the greatest finish in sports history. an unimaginable ending -- >> davis is going to run it all the way back! >> reporter: it was set up by a string of dramatic moments but with just 43 seconds left in the game, a game tieing touchdown pass by auburn. so alabama gets the ball a final time but is stopped on this play. officials put one second back on the clock seemly giving the
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